Child Protection

The welfare of our community is the school’s paramount concern. We believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social and physical wellbeing of our community members. Clearly defined policies and procedures pertaining to community safety and wellbeing, sit at the very heart of our child protection program.

Child Protection Handbook

DIS has adopted the definition of child abuse and neglect as defined by the World Health Organization: “Child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional illtreatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment (including failure to act to prevent harm) resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.”

To support these beliefs, DIS has developed a Child Protection Handbook, which includes our Child Protection Policy. All DIS staff members are trained annually with designated staff members assigned to the DIS Child Protection Team.

Upon joining DIS, parents receive full access to the DIS Child Protection Handbook.

The aims of the policy are:

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Define child abuse and child neglect.

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Describe staff conduct expectations at work to protect children.

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Provide advice to staff in dealing with out of school situations.

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Outline how to identify and report child abuse.

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Outline other school policies and procedures that protect children.

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Describe safer recruitment practices at DIS.

Non-Discrimination and Inclusion

DIS does not discriminate and seeks inclusion with regards to the safety and care of all community members. This includes but is not limited to: race; sex; gender expression; gender identity; sexual orientation; color; national origin; marital status; religion; age; political opinion; physical disabilities; mental health or any other characteristic protected under German law.

DIS endeavors to understand and protect the civil and human rights of all individuals within the community, striving to maintain a high level of multicultural awareness and knowledge about all applicable laws and statutes related to non-discrimination and inclusion. DIS’s Non-Discrimination and Inclusion Policy relates to all decisions and advocacy regarding staffing, recruitment, admissions, student care, suitability of external organization partnerships, and curriculum. DIS will review this policy, as well as practices and procedures periodically.

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